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2 days ago

Should I buy a LN 4 1/2 smoother? - 21 replies

I have a chance to buy a new Lie-Nielsen No. 4 1/2 smoothing plane (45 deg bed, I believe) for $50 off retail. It’s tempting, but I already have a LN No. 4 bronze 50 degree smoother that meets most of my smoothing needs perfectly. Would a lower-angle, slightly heavier/larger plane be worth having? I’m trying to resist the blind ur...

41 days ago

craigslist wood score - 1 reply

I picked up this stack of hard maple and “red mahogany” (African mahogany, I think) off craigslist today. About 40 board feet total for $70, not bad at all. They’re narrow, but in 8’ and 10’ lengths. I plan on making a large end grain cutting board out of it, though I’ll have to dry it in my garage for a wh...

51 days ago

neat natural edge+glass table by greg klassen - 2 replies

Check out this amazing table (saw it on, thought you all would appreciate it): Here is the creator’s website: Getting the glass to fit must be a huge chore.

60 days ago

quick project: drill bit holder - 1 reply

I made this drill bit holder for various bits without proper containers that had been rattling around in my drawer. Simple, but useful:

76 days ago

craigslist alert for Denver lumberjocks - 4 replies Just found this hand tool sale that started today, looks like there are many planes, spokeshaves, and the like. Should still be some there tomorrow, though it might be picked through. It’s a little too far away from my house, unfortunately.

276 days ago

What glue to stick rubber/vinyl liners into my tool tote? - 9 replies

I’m building a wooden tool tote and I want to get a rubber (probably actually vinyl or some other plastic substance) tool box liner to cover the ugly plywood bottom. What type of glue should I use for this? Seems like most glues wouldn’t stick the rubbery liner to the finished plywood. Maybe a silicone RTV or some kind of epoxy? ...

283 days ago

Question about Jojoba oil - 5 replies

I recently bought some Jojoba oil from Lie-Nielsen to prevent rust on my planes, chisels, and the like. I tried it on a few tools in my shop that night and then went to sleep. The next morning, I noticed the oil bottle had frozen into a solid congealed mass and there were snowflake-like crystals on the surface of all tools that I wiped the oil...

285 days ago

Bought a Lie-Nielsen "Boggs" Spokeshave Today - 1 reply

I bought this sweet spokeshave at a Lie-Nielsen hand tool event today: I’ve been trying to use a super cheap Chinese one before this with no luck. The Boggs takes incredibly fine shavings and leaves a beautiful planed surface with no chatter. I tried out all of their shaves and liked this style the best… bought the curved on...

306 days ago

I made a shooting board for the new Veritas plane - 7 replies

I recently bought one of the fancy Veritas shooting board planes and discovered the limitations of my existing shooting board. So I built a new one out of melamine, poplar, beech, and some baltic birch ply for the rail. I opted for a solid hardwood top so I could plane it flat (every piece of plywood/melamine/etc I found was warped in some way...

308 days ago

anyone see the new pinnacle scrub plane? - 21 replies

I got an email from Woodcraft this morning announcing the Pinnacle 40 1/2 scrub plane. It looks pretty fantastic for coarse stock removal, but then I noticed the price. At $170, it costs more than both the Lie-Nielsen and Veritas equivalent planes. I’m skeptical that this plane is any better than the two leading plane makers’ mode...

330 days ago

Interesting find: compressed gas dusters work well as bloxygen replacement - 5 replies

I’ve been using bloxygen to preserve my finishes for some time, especially Waterlox which badly crusts unless you bloxygen it or squeeze out all air. When my can ran out, I researched it and found a few mentions of using compressed gas duster cans as a replacement. So I bought some cans of Dust-Off from Amazon and tried using them. For ...

340 days ago

restored one of grandpa's old block planes - 5 replies

I’ve had this old block plane in my shop for a while now. Since it belonged to my Grandfather I thought it was worth restoring, so I tackled it today. I forgot to take any before pictures, but it was quite rusty and beat-up… looks like he planed over nails with how scratched up the sole was. It’s a Lakeside plane, with the b...

526 days ago

Question about drilling my custom tool handle - 14 replies

I’ve been making my own carbide turning tool and just finished the handle. I need ideas on how to drill a 5/8” hole in the end fairly straight and true to hold the tool rod. I couldn’t do it on the lathe due to problems removing my live center from the tailstock, and lack of a steady rest. I’m thinking about building a...

530 days ago

large canvas stretcher frame I finally finished - 0 replies

Last summer I went on a trip to Cambodia, and came back with this huge oil painting on loose canvas as a neat souvenir. Many months later, I finally got around to making a stretcher frame for it out of poplar and pine. I rounded the edge and put a slight slope on the face so that only the outer edge of the wood touches the canvas. Just got do...

603 days ago

dovetail box bottoms - 22 replies

I was wondering how all of you deal with bottoms on your dovetail boxes. If you cut regular through dovetails, a dado/rabbet for a ply bottom will protrude through the visible endgrain and make ugly square holes in the final box. One way around this is to cut stopped dados/rabbets, which is a pain in the ass on a router table with the setup an...

604 days ago

Christmas Chisel Gloat - 8 replies

My parents understand my favorite hobby very well and got me this excellent set of Lie Nielsen A2 Chisels for Christmas: I’ve been wanting a replacement for my generic Irwins for a long time, so I’m very pleased and lucky to have a generous mom and dad. I can’t wait to hone these up and start chopping dovetails, mor...

650 days ago

Rob Cosman's class at the Loveland, CO Woodcraft - 3 replies

I recently signed up for a 1-day class taught by Rob Cosman at Woodcraft in Loveland, CO. In the morning he’s focusing on hand plane restoration/use/sharpening, and in the afternoon it’s for cutting dovetails. I learned my dovetailing technique by watching his videos online, so I’m excited to fine tune things in person. Are ...

657 days ago

A crazy mobile shop on craigslist - 12 replies

While browsing the local craigslist, I found this incredible behemoth: The list of tools crammed into this thing is staggering. A full-sized unisaw, floor drill press, large benchtop sander, grinder… it goes on and on. I’m impressed at this creation, though it seems a tad overb...

701 days ago

Craigslist find: ECE and Lie-Nielsen planes - 5 replies

I just bought these two lovely planes off craigslist today: One is an ECE Primus wooden plane, manufactured in Germany. This is an odd little plane, with a spring mechanism that makes the blade rise up the bedded bevel, and a set screw that counteracts it… adjustments are made by balancing the two mechanisms. Once I got it set rig...

790 days ago

evening project: wooden end caps for my bicycle handle bars - 7 replies

I got tired of my ugly worn-out plastic caps for my bicycle handle bars, so I decided to turn a new pair out of mahogany: They came out pretty good, though I had to trim the backs a little with the bandsaw and file them to make them fit. I’m slowly converting everything I own into wood.

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